Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Round two - the answers

Time for the head scratching to end - here are the answers for round two.

Lots of people told me they found this round trickier than the last. I think, perhaps the photographers were a touch more oblique than the last round and there were a couple of diptychs which were clearly harder to solve than others.

Number 1

Beachcomb (I allowed beachcombing and beachcomber too).

A fairly straightforward one, which almost everybody got right - wavy hair, though not a compound word, was an entertaining alternative solution.

Number 2


I disallowed waterweed (which may have been a bit harsh) and wintergreen and rivercrossing were other incorrect guesses.

Number 3


Bit more variation in the answers for this one - alternative guesses included smokestack, firefly (good one!), meltdown, blueprint and waxwing.

Number 4


I loved this one - inspired industrial chic pictures! And most of the answers were correct.

Number 5


Almost everyone got this, apart from a couple of folks who guessed pepperpot, which is logical.

Number 6


This one caused quite a few problems. Lots of people plumped for letterbox and there was also a letterhead and cheeseboard.

Number 7


Wrong guesses included handrail (very good), inside out and tugboat.

Number 8


Everyone got this one!

Number 9


Almost all correct, with other inspired answers including spotcheck and metalwork.

Number 10


Oh this one caused SO many problems. Yup - it was a toughie. Wrong guesses - bright spark, pinup, pinwheel, headbanger (like that one), needlework, pinpoint and felt work.

So yes, perhaps a little tougher, but still one very clever person managed to get them all correct - Meg (who doesn't yet have a blog). Many congratulations! She clearly has an aptitude for these, because she was a winner in the last round too. Look out for a teeny treat in your post sometime soon, Meg.

And thank you again to all the photographers and to everyone who played along - hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Round Two Completed

If you have been playing along, you should now have a lovely list of ten compound words. Now is the moment to rope in any sentient human being in the vicinity of your screen to get them to help you if you still have the odd pesky blank in your list. I find a reward in the form of Easter chocolate often motivates deep thought.

Bet you're dying to know if you've solved them all. Here's what you need to do now.

  • Drop me an email at alisonhudson03@hotmail.com

  • Please make the subject line CWP - Round 2 answers

  • Include a list of ONE answer only for each diptych - no hedging your bets now!

I will let you know how many you got correct, but probably not until April 1st (sorry if the wait is agonising - I'm not in front of a computer until then).

The full list of answers will appear on the blog here on Tuesday April 2nd.

Thank you so much for joining in and good luck!

Number ten (round two)

So, the final hurdle is here. Not an easy one, but here it is:
Photos by Simone and Tess

So, all solved now then? Good. Hang tight and I'll let you know what to do with your answers next....

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Number nine (round two)

The Penultimate diptych - here goes:

 Photos by Ali and Stacey

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nimber eight (round two)

Your list of answers should be filling up nicely by now. Here's today's challenge:
Photos by Elizabeth and Julie

Just two more to go! Are you loving this or is it making you tear your hair out?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Number seven (round two)

Seven - lucky for some...

Photos by Sue and Jo

Would you like a solving tip? Try to guess just one photo and then randomly brainstorm any compound words using it. See if your potential answers can be made to fit with the other photo. Simples...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Number six (round two)

Something to get your juices flowing on a Monday morning...

Photos by Anne and Gina

Okay, so some of these are a bit tricky this round. But you can do it!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Number five (round two)

One for the weekend. Stay warm!
Photos by Jennie and Citrine

You're halfway there - feeling confident?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Number four (round 2)

Hoping the auto post function is working for me, here's diptych number four (the technical edition):

Photos by Toffeeapple and Florence

Tricky one?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Number three (round 2)

I'm particularly fond of this diptych, being not only a compound word, but also guessable via two routes. So sneaky!

Photos by Charlotte and Vivienne

Happy solving!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Number two (round 2)

Number two, coming right up:

Photos by Jessica and Val

Thanks so much for spreading the word about this round. And now you should be warming up nicely - got this one?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Number one (round 2)

So, it's Monday - are you ready to begin? Here is the first diptych:

Photos by Diana and Amanda

A fairly straightforward one to kick off with? Hope so.

Please remember to just note down your answer privately - don't mention it in the comment box (though feel free to trumpet your success or bemoan your failure there). You will hopefully have collected a complete set of ten answers by April 1st.

Full instructions about how to play are here.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

How to Play - Round 2

Welcome to Round 2 of The Compound Word Project! If you've played before, you know the drill, and if this is your first time, greetings - it's lovely to have you.

The rules are straightforward:

  • During the next fortnight, 10 diptychs will be posted on this blog - each will represent a compound word. 

  • Take a look and guess the solution to each one (but please, don't be tempted to post your answer in the comments section - just note it down privately).

  • When you have seen all ten, drop an email with one answer for each diptych to me {alisonhudson03@hotmail.com} - I will let you know how many you got correct. Your first submission is the only one I can accept - no second chances!

  • I will publish the correct answers on the blog once the deadline for submitting guesses has passed.

Really hoping you enjoy the chance to join in. Please do feel free to spread the word about the game. Also, there are links to all of the Round 2 photographers in the sidebar if you'd like to pay them a visit.

Ready for a trial run? Have a go at this diptych:

Photo by Shelley 

Did you guess right? Though don't get over-confident - they aren't all straightforward...

Bonne chance!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Round 2 - recruiting photographers

Spring is springing, the sun is (momentarily) shining, and I'm feeling like it's time to play another round of The Compound Word project.

Would you like to join in?

Not only can you start getting your lateral thinking skills in order, but you might also want to take part as a photographer this time! I have some slots free*** and all it requires is for you to take (or dig out from your archives) a photograph which illustrates a word which I will mail out to you next week. You will have about a week to get your photo back to me before the game begins.

If you'd like to be a photographer this round, will you please drop me an email at alisonhudson03@hotmail.com asap, and I'll get back to you with all the details.

*** Edited to say all slots for photographers are filled for this round - thanks so much to all those who offered to help!